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Wild Passages: Informing Adaptation Strategies for Maintaining Northern Rockies Wildlife Connectivity on a Changing Landscape

Establishing connections or corridors between natural landscapes is the most commonly recommended strategy for enabling biodiversity conservation to adapt to climate change.  Connected landscapes allow wildlife to migrate and disperse today, and will allow them to move to new habitat in the future as the climate changes.  In the U.S. Northern Rockies, connected landscapes are expected to be crucial for the long-term survival of many of the wildlife species that make this area so unique. 

We are excited to partner with leading climate scientists, state and federal resource managers, and private land trusts to:

1) understand how future climate change may impact landscapes expected to serve as important connections for wildlife,

2) develop strategies for communities of stakeholders to manage public and private lands in ways that allow key wildlife species to move in response to changing conditions,

3) explore how well existing management plans and conservation efforts support crucial connections for wildlife, and

4) provide data products and recommendations that serve the needs of managers and other stakeholders.

This project aims to ensure that the iconic landscapes and wildlife of the Northern Rockies will endure in a changing landscape for the benefit of future generations.